Review on Butchers Arms
In lush countryside close to the Northamptonshire - Warwickshire border, the beautiful Butcher's Arms Restaurant started life as an alehouse around 1375; soldiers firing up for the Battle of Edgehill reputedly used it as a watering hole and in its current incarnation it has played host to all manner of celebrities (check out their photos on the walls).
The silver-service restaurant is delightfully traditional and eminently proud of its old-fashioned virtues: staff are impeccably turned out, desserts are displayed on a trolley, and the lengthy menu by-passes fashion in favour of mushrooms in garlic butter, Dover Sole Mornay and tournedos Rossini. It's easy to see why customers love the place.
Occasionally, something more up-to-date appears in the shape of grilled scallops with caramelised chilli sauce or spicy corn-fed chicken breast wrapped in Parma ham with chorizo pasta. Ingredients are always wisely chosen whether it's locally reared Lighthorne lamb, prime Scotch steaks or venison. The owners and many of the long-serving staff hail from Portugal ('Britain's oldest ally'), and the 200-strong wine list has some very fine Portuguese bottles tucked away among representatives from the rest of Europe and the New World.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm Tue-Fri (12.00pm - 3.30pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.30pm Tue-Fri (6.00pm - 9.45pm Sat)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card